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 Campaigns Organiser

 

Working for:             Tooting CLP

 

Location:                  Tooting

 

Salary:                      3 days a week (£24-26,000 gross per annum, pro rata)

Job Details: 

Tooting Labour Party is recruiting an organiser to lead its campaigning activity across the constituency for the upcoming local elections in 2018. This is an exciting but demanding opportunity to work as part of a team aiming to elect Labour councillors in key wards. The role will be key in contributing to a wider Borough wide effort to take overall control of Wandsworth Council, a flagship Tory Borough since 1978.

Tooting (recently described as the 10th coolest neighbourhood in the world by Lonely Planet) is an ethnically diverse, vibrant community. The constituency has been Labour since it was formed and at the last General election our excellent MP, Rosena Allin-Khan increased Sadiq’s (now London Mayor) previous parliamentary majority of 2,800 to almost 15,500!  We have a young and educated constituency but it is also one of the most unequal, with pockets of poverty alongside some of London’s most expensive housing. The membership base here is well-motivated and very active, with 2000 members, almost half of which contributed to the General election campaign at some point. 

Tooting is only a 25 minute underground ride from Westminster, and has recently hosted visits from Tom Watson, the Deputy Labour Leader, Kier Starmer and other high profile Labour MPs and personalities such as Owen Jones and Eddie Izzard.

 Initially we are proposing that the post is part-time for 3 days equivalent (approx 25 hours) to take up post as soon as possible until May 31st 2018, although dependent on the successful candidate’s performance it is possible that the post may either be extended to full-time or past the end of May or both.

This would suit someone who wants to gain experience as a CLP organiser in a vibrant and active constituency. The post holder will work in Rosena’s Office in Tooting.

The post

Remuneration for this part-time post will be £24-26,000 per annum (pro rata) = (£11-12 per hour). Flexible working, including weekend and evening work, will be required.

 

Closing Date:                      24 November 2017

 Start Date:                            As soon as possible

 Interviews:                           Last week of November 27 - 30

How to apply:         

To apply please send the following in a single MS Word or PDF file addressed to Clare Fraser, Secretary of Tooting Labour Party, office@tootinglabour.org.uk

by 5pm on 24 November 2017

  • Your CV
  • A brief covering letter outlining clearly why you think you are right for this post
  • A statement, describing in no more than 400 words what you feel to be the more important aspects for motivating volunteers to work with Tooting Labour Party.

Job Description and Person Specification are attached.

Tooting Labour is Looking for an Organiser

 Campaigns Organiser   Working for:             Tooting CLP   Location:                  Tooting   Salary:                      3 days a week (£24-26,000 gross per annum, pro rata) Job Details:  Tooting Labour Party is...

Public anger over plans to close busy Avenue through Tooting Common for up to 6 months

 Chestnut Avenue

Residents living close to Tooting Common have responded angrily to Wandsworth Council’s proposal to close Chestnut Avenue, which runs across Tooting Common, to all users for up to six months.

 

While the avenue is closed, the Council intends to fell an avenue of Chestnut trees which line it and replace them with saplings. The project is to be paid for using a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Chestnut Avenue is a well-loved landmark used by commuting cyclists, families, visitors to the tennis courts, the playground, the local cafe and participants in the weekly Park Run event and an annual pumpkin parade. 

 

Speaking about the Council’s decision to close Chestnut Avenue, Fleur Anderson, a local councillor and Labour’s Speaker on Community Services, said; “I strongly object to the very extended closure of the Avenue, and so will local residents. This long closure is very heavy handed. The Council, which originally said the work would take no more than 6 weeks, has not explained what will happen to the on-going users of the Avenue, including commuting cyclists and families who use it daily”. 

 

Opposition to the felling of the trees has been vocal with over 5,000 people signing a petition to oppose the council’s plans. 

 

The Council has cited health and safety reasons for removing the trees. However, opponents of the plan point to a lack of evidence for the need to remove the avenue on health and safety grounds. 

 

According to Fleur Anderson, “the committee which voted on the plans to fell the Avenue agreed to save as many trees as possible and there was unanimous agreement that we should save healthy trees. I have repeatedly asked for an updated report into the health of the trees but have yet to receive a reply”. 

 

According to Jeremy Barrell, tree consultant and specialist in heritage tree assessments; “My assessment of the trees is that none are dangerous, none are dead, and most have the potential to be retained with limited intervention for decades. Wandsworth Council are justifying the removals on the basis of responses from a public consultation and the advice of experts. From what I can see the public consultation approach is obviously flawed and none of the expert reports advocate felling and replacement as the best or only option”. 

 

Opponents of the plan to fell the Avenue claim that the Council’s decision to cut down the trees is motivated by the offer of a grant. They have arranged a final community event to mark the avenue’s final days, called The Final Draw when residents will be encouraged to record the trees by painting, drawing and photographing them.

 

ENDS

Chestnut Avenue

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Tooting general election 2015 result from BBC

A very quick message to say the most enormous thank you to everyone who campaigned and contributed to the incredible result last night in Tooting. We worked hard, we worked as a team, we worked with purpose, and clearly there is nothing we can't do when we come together.

Congratulations also to our comrades in Battersea for an equally incredible result, and to our comrades in Putney, who generated a swing that threatened to snap the swingometer and came oh so close to winning the seat. Next time for sure.

Enjoy the headlines, and thank you for all that you do. None of this is possible without you.

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Thank you, thank you, thank you

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